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High School Student Programs

CCBC offers a number of learning opportunities for high school students who want to get a head start on their college education.

College 4 free

College 4 Free is an enhanced early college access program for eligible BCPS high school juniors and seniors. To apply, first talk with your school counselor to determine eligibility. 

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Parallel enrollment

Juniors and seniors can complete anywhere from a course or two to an entire semester of college credits while still in high school.

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Career pathways

The Career Pathways program allows students to earn free college credits when they successfully complete approved Career and Technology Education (CTE) Pathway Programs in Maryland county high schools. Articulated credits are applied to their college transcript after the student graduates from high school and enrolls at CCBC.

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Upward bound

This college-preparatory program improves access to higher education for first generation and/or low-income BCPS high school students.

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Gifted and talented

The Gifted and Talented program allows selected students in 8th or 9th grade to take credit classes.


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Advanced placement

Advanced Placement (AP) courses can grant high school students CCBC credit.

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